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Choosing the right paint finish is just as important as choosing the right color. It can also be overwhelming at times. A finish determines the final outcome and vibe of a space or room. Once you know which shade you’re using, you’ll have to decide on which type of paint finish you’re going to use.

Paint comes in a variety of finishes, ranging from a very matte, “flat” finish to a super shiny “high-gloss” finish. Paints that have a  glossier, high-shine finish tend to have higher levels of resin with less pigmentation, and more matte paints tend to have more pigment and less resin.

The names for each type of paint finish are slightly different depending on the manufacturer, but the differences are all the same two factors: washability/durability and luster, or shine. Hence, the finish you choose will really depend on where you will be using the paint.


High-gloss paint offers the most durable finish of all the paint types. The hard finish makes it very easy to clean. It’s very shiny and reflects light, this can be a good thing or a bad thing. It’s mostly too shiny for interior walls, since the reflected light really shows off every little imperfection. But it’s also a great choice for trim, doors, cabinets, or furniture, since it can be wiped down often without dulling the shine or the color.


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The semi-gloss finish has a slightly glossy appearance that is not as shiny and reflective as high gloss paints. Semi-gloss paints have a high stain resistance. These paints also help you to hide the flaws in your walls.  It’s also great for any room where you know you’ll need to clean frequently, like kids’ bedrooms.


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Satin finish is  more matte than semi-gloss and it has more of a velvety quality to it. This finish is ideal for those spaces that require a more matte look while still offering the durability factor. It’s also very easy to clean and can be wiped down often without compromising the paint. It’s also great at resisting dirt, mildew, and stains, which makes it very versatile.


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Between satin and flat on the sheen (and durability) scale is eggshell, so named because it’s essentially a flat (no-shine) finish with little luster, like a chicken’s egg. Eggshell covers wall imperfections well and is a great finish for gathering spaces that don’t get a lot of bumps and scuffs.


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Matte/flat paint finishes have a flat, non-reflective and lusterless appearance. The muted nature of this finish aids in diffusing the light falling on them and adds richness to your interiors. It is hyperpigmented and will provide superior coverage which saves money and the time for touch up works. The muted appearance also makes the imperfections such as scratches less obvious. So, they are one of the best choices for your interior walls.

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